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Lithuania: Maceva Project’s 2016 annual report on cemetery documentation

Jewish cemetery in Švenčionys, Lithuania


In its just-published report on its activities in 2016, the  Litvak Cemetery Catalogue – (MACEVA)  lists work carried out to document, digitize, or clean-up a number of Jewish cemeteries around Lithuania.

These included:

Švenčionys (Svintsyán).

Among other actions, 11 students from Germany, Moldova and Belarus took part in a two-week Summer Camp in Svencionys, co-sponsored by the German NGO Action Reconciliation Service for Peace. They cleaned the territory of the Old Cemetery and collected information about the graves. Israeli Ambassador Amir Maimon visited the volunteers on August 11, accompanied by Rimantas Klipčius, Mayor of Švenčionys.

Kauno Žaliakalnis (Kovno/Kaunas)

In September and October, students of Vytautas Magnus University led by “Maceva”, photographed more than 5,800 gravestones in the Jewish cemetery in Žaliakalnis (Kaunas).  All photos will be published on the Kaunas city municipal website. (On July 28, 2016,  volunteers including members of the Kaunas Jewish community cleared portions of the Jewish Cemetery in Žaliakalnis (Kaunas) in an actiion Led by Maceva and organized by the Public Organization “Vieningas Kaunas” . “Maceva” briefed the volunteers on the safe was of cleaning old and valuable tombstones.)

Trakai (Trok).

For the second consecutive year, participants of “Mission Siberia“ assisted in documenting the old Jewish cemetery in Trakai. This year more than 200 graves were documented.

Židikai (Zhidik).

More than 80 visible gravestones or fragments remain and were documented in this small, abanonded cemetery. Transcriptions of epitaphs were translated into English and added to the Macevo database.

Linkmenys (Ligmyan).

Maceva, along with history teacher Diana Žvirblienė and four students from Saldutiškis secondary school, documented this very neglected Jewish cemetery.


Click here to read the full report with more details



3 comments on “Lithuania: Maceva Project’s 2016 annual report on cemetery documentation

  1. I also has photgraphs from the Kauno Žaliakalnis cemetery which I would be happy to send to you. I took them in 1997. Is there an address I might send the photos to? THanks, Harold Rhode

  2. Please tells us when we might see the results of the Kauno Žaliakalnis (Kovno/Kaunas) cemetery, It says that you were there on July 28, 2017. That’s in the future. THanks so much for your work.

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